USFS closes Tahoe beaches, recreation sites

Courtesy USFS

The USDA Forest Service Lake Tahoe Basin Management Unit and Tahoe National Forest have temporarily close national forest recreation sites and areas until April 30

South Shore recreation sites and areas impacted by this announcement include the following in the Lake Tahoe Basin Management Unit as of April 16:

  • Pope-Baldwin National Recreation Bike Path
  • Pope Beach
  • Camp Richardson Resort
  • Camp Richardson Corral
  • Fallen Leaf Campground/Beach
  • Tallac Historic Site/Beach
  • Kiva Picnic Area/Beach
  • Kiva Beach/Tallac Point
  • Taylor Creek Visitor Center
  • Baldwin Beach

For up-to-date information on the LTBMU and to view the forest closure order, visit https://www.fs.usda.gov/ltbmu.

TAHOE NATIONAL FOREST 

Recreation sites and areas impacted in the Tahoe National Forest include all developed recreation sites excluding trails, trailheads and specific picnic areas, boat launches and staging areas that function as trailheads for dispersed recreation activities as of April 16. The opening of Tahoe National Forest campgrounds will be postponed until further notice for the 2020 summer season.

If you do plan on recreating locally on the Tahoe National Forest please be aware that:

  • No trash removal is currently offered; please pack out all trash and waste.
  • All toilet facilities are currently closed; please plan accordingly.
  • Law enforcement and/or search and rescue operations may be limited. High-risk activities that increase your chance of injury or distress should be avoided.
  • If an area is crowded, please search for a less occupied location.

Motorized Routes and Trails
All motorized routes and trails remain closed through April 30, 2020. The Tahoe National Forest has issued a Forest System Road Closure Order postponing the opening of all Off Highway Vehicle routes due to a considerable amount of rain and snow that occurred in March.

Developed Recreations Facilities
All developed recreation facilities are closed. This includes:

  • All toilet facilities and trash removal
  • Oregon Creek
  • Dark Day
  • Glenshire Bridge Day Use Area
  • Manzanita Day Use, Swim Area & Picnic Site
  • French Meadows Picnic Site
  • Calpine Lookout
  • Sardine Lookout Rental
  • Golden Quartz

Trailheads, boat launches and staging areas

Generally, trailheads, boat launches and staging areas are open but may be inaccessible due to late season snow and other factors. Again, all restrooms are closed and trash removal has been suspended. Please pack out all trash and human waste.

  • Castle Valley – Inaccessible due to snow
  • Big Trees Nature Trail – Inaccessible due to snow
  • Sierra Buttes Trailhead – Gates locked at Gold Lake Highway
  • Lindsey Lake Trailhead – Inaccessible due to snow
  • Prosser Boat Ramp – Inaccessible due to snow
  • Boca Boat Ramp – Inaccessible due to snow
  • Stampede Boat Ramp – Accessible but 4×4 required
  • Sawtooth trailhead – Inaccessible due to snow
  • French Meadows – Inaccessible due to snow
  • Pass Creek & Woodcamp Boat Ramp – Inaccessible due to snow

Non-motorized Trails
Generally non-motorized trails are open, but may be inaccessible due to late season snow and other factors.

Below 5,000 feet | Trails have not been cleared. Expect down trees and muddy conditions on trails below in this elevation. This applies to:

  • Pioneer Trail
  • South Yuba Trail
  • Josh Harte Trail
  • Bullards Bar Trail Complex
  • Joshua M. Hardt Memorial Trail
  • North and South Yuba Trail
  • Dascombe Trail Complex
  • Western States Trail

5,000 fee to 6,000 feet | Trails have not been cleared. Expect down trees, muddy conditions, and patches of moderate to heavy snow on trails in this elevation. This applies to:

  • Blue Lake Trail
  • Spaulding Lake Trail
  • Forest City Trail Complex

6,000’ feet to 7,000 feet | Trails have not been cleared. Expect down trees and moderate to heavy snow on trails in this elevation. This applies to:

  • Hole in the Ground Trail
  • Loch Leven Trail
  • Castle Valley Loop Trail
  • Commemorative Overland Emigrant Trail
  • Loyalton/Boca Railroad Trail
  • Deer Creek Trail

Above 7,000 feet | Trails have not been cleared. Expect down trees and heavy snow in this elevation. This applies to:

  • Mt. Lola Trail
  • Mount Judah Loop
  • Granite Chief Trail
  • Pacific Crest Trail
  • French Lake Trail

Tahoe National Forest and Virtual Services

The Tahoe National Forest has closed all offices to in-person visits and is implementing virtual services to protect the health and safety of employees and members of the public during the COVID-19 outbreak in accordance with guidance from federal and state authorities.

Many services traditionally offered in our public offices are available online. To access these virtual services, please visit https://www.fs.usda.gov/tahoe/.  To email the Tahoe National Forest, use the Contact Us function at https://www.fs.usda.gov/contactus/tahoe/about-forest/contactus.

To protect public health and safety, all recreationists enjoying open areas of their national forest near their neighborhoods are encouraged to:

  • Avoid visiting the forest if you are sick and/or experiencing COVID-19 symptoms.
  • Follow CDC guidance on personal hygiene and social distancing before and during your visit to the forest.
  • If an area is crowded, move to a less occupied location. Also consider avoiding the forest during high-use periods.
  • Take your trash with you when you leave. Trash overflowing the receptacles becomes potential sources for the spread of COVID-19.
  • Make arrangements to use the restroom before or after your visit to the forest. Unmanaged waste creates a health hazard for other visitors and employees.

For tips from the CDC on preventing illnesses like the coronavirus, visit https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/about/prevention.html.

Information from the U.S. Department of Agriculture is available at www.usda.gov/coronavirus.